Firstly I just want to say THANK YOU to all of you for your wonderful comments!
Mom and I read (and relish) every single one of them!!!
If you are a regular reader and haven't yet commented, please, p-l-e-a-s-e do so! It helps us to find out what it is you would like to read about and what I can write about. So if you want to suggest a particular theme in a future blogpost of mine, please just tell me. I would love to address your interests too.
BUT since there is nothing out-of-the-ordinary happening in our household today, I thought I'd tell you a few odd things...
A question (a MAX JOKE!):
HOW DO YOU KNOW KNOW WHEN A GIRAFFE IS THIRSTY????
Aren't our long-legged friends too funny looking when they are drinking?!
But did you know that this is their most vulnerable time?...when they drink water!
Often the lions wait at the watering holes for the opportunity to convert them into 'fast food'.
Did you also know that a giraffe has the same number of vertebrae as our humans?
(It's just that they are a little larger)
Did you know that some of our giraffes were removed from some of the smaller game parks around JOHANNESBURG - because they were becoming prone to lightning strikes?
Yes, our wild world here in SOUTH AFRICA is truly fascinating!!!
Here is another interesting and very personal story....
This is a picture of one of our larger antelope - the KUDU....
They are really magnificent and statuesque creatures! A lot of humans hunt them - for their meat and for their spectacular horns.
Well when Mom was small, her father did a lot of woodwork - making furniture - for their house on the farm. Grandpa wasn't really a hunter and preferred to preserve the wild life. He wanted to make an heirloom for Mom, so he set about making her a table using KUDU HORNS.
He searched far and wide for a pair of horns which matched! They had to be EXACTLY the
same age (since that affects the length and the width of the horns)and EXACTLY the
same size. Eventually he found one pair of horns, which were in pristine condition, and bought them from a farmer. Only years later did he eventually manage to find another perfect set and what a miracle to finally have ...
TWO SETS OF MATCHING HORNS!!!
This is/was his gift to my Mom...
a very special KUDU HORN TABLE!...
The added bonus of this particular (and VERY special) table is that
NONE of those two KUDU's were shot for their horns!!!
These animals had died of old age and their horns were simply lying in the African bush at the time.
(That would NEVER happen today!!!)
FINALLY - A MESSAGE FOR ALL THE KITTIES IN BLOGGIE-LAND...
SO DON'T BE GETTING TOO CURIOUS OUT THERE!!!
Lots of licks
MAXDOG IN SOUTH AFRICA